Hilding Holroyd (hilding@CATFISH.OCPT.CCUR.COM)
Fri, 19 Feb 1993 16:47:10 -0500
Having just subscribed to this list, I did not see the original posting.
But I think that I can get the general gist of the query...
Do not make summer camp a requirement for a rank advancement. Yes it
should be a PART of scout spirit, but do not make it a requirement. I was
one scout who never went to camp until I worked there. There are many who
won't go due to the reasons already posted (financial, family obligations).
Judge the scout on what he has accomplished, not on what he did not do.
The SM should take care of the 'you did not do this or that' relating to any
Leadership positions which the scout may hold. For the lower ranks, yes,
the BOR can 'fail' a scout if he shows that he does not know skills (knots,
first aid - selected questions only, not a grilling), then he can be asked to
go relearn them, coming back the following week or 2. But set a specific date,
do not say 'come back when you know it'. The BOR, in my opinion, cannot 'fail'
a scout because they feel he has not completed a Merit Badge correctly. That was
entirely up to the counselor. If you think that the councilor did not do his
job correctly in testing the scout on the MB, then do not send anyone else to
the councilor. You cannot penalize the scout for a councilor's poor job. To me
the important part is to see what the scout accomplished and learned.
Eagle Class 1968
SM Troop 82/Jackson,NJ/Jersey Shore Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City